Osteoarthritis of the knee is the most common form of arthritis and is a condition that affects more than 10 million Americans. Osteoarthritis occurs when cartilage is lost or damaged, causing irritation to nerves in the knee joint. Not only can this condition be painful and uncomfortable, but it can limit your ability to perform routine tasks both around the house and at work. Even worse, a total knee replacement may be necessary if enough synovial fluid and cartilage is gone.
Symptoms of this degenerative disease, most common in people older than 40 years of age and more likely to affect women, include pain, stiffness, swelling, decreasing range of motion, and muscle weakness. Early diagnosis and treatment can help to manage these symptoms, which can be caused by previous knee injuries, repetitive knee strain, genetics, or obesity.
To help ease the pain associated with osteoarthritis of the knee, there are certain exercises that can be done to build your leg muscles to support your knee and increase flexibility. However, before beginning any exercise regimen, it is important to visit a doctor who can deliver comprehensive and experienced care to address the pain. Doing so will ensure the condition doesn’t worsen. Additionally, a doctor can provide specialized procedures for pain management which are focused specifically on your health and well-being.
If you, a friend or family member is experiencing knee pain, please contact us to schedule an appointment at 732-431-2155.